Throughout her 3 years of contemporary dance at Deakin University, Jade trained in various forms of movement including hip-hop dance, breakdance, capoeira, belly dance, circus skills, yoga and taekwondo.
In addition to her coaching degree, Jade is a qualified yoga teacher, zumba™ teacher, level 2 strength and conditioning coach, level 1 gymnastics coach and level 1 sport aerobics coach. Jade participated in Sport Aerobics competitions in her youth, reaching state championship level and went on to train many young athletes in this sport. Now her main passions are yoga, dance and hula hooping and she practices these daily and also performs her solo hula hoop show at festivals both in Australia and internationally.
Jade is also passionate about teaching underprivileged children and traveled overseas several times throughout 2006-2011 to voluntarily teach dance, circus and yoga to impoverished children in Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia and India. She has been teaching her many skills to children for 15 years and loves sharing her skills and watching her students shine as they make small achievements.... or big ones!
Jade trains her FunFit teachers to focus their classes on fun, not just performance outcomes and to encourage children to explore their creativity and develop their skills, whilst maintaining a safe and supportive environment.
Jaala performs as part of a stilt/acrobat duo “Empyrean”, impressing audiences at festivals, parades and corporate events.
She currently teaches drama, circus and dance workshops in schools and at festivals as well as working with children in a play centre and being a fairy for parties and events. Students of all ages love Jaala’s infectious bubbly personality and she has an amazing ability for bringing a fantastic energy into every class she teaches.
Daryl is now a professional stilt walker of more than 15 years, even performing with fire on stilts. He loves teaching circus fun to the young, the old, and those in between!
She has worked with students of all ages, both with her circus and dance teaching and also leading groups in outdoor recreation. One of Alice’s most rewarding experiences was working as a youth worker in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, creating and facilitating circus, art and recreation programs.
More recently Alice has co-devised and performed a kids comedy show called “Time Out” which received critical acclaim at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Alice is a zany teacher with lots of energy, making her a perfect circus teacher who will always get her classes giggling!
Rebecca has worked with children and young adults all her life. She loves the energy that is shared when kids feel inspired. As well as Capoeira, Rebecca teaches Gymnastics, African Dance, Acro Yoga and Hip Hop.
Rebecca spent six years as a Youth Worker and Team Leader at the Fitzroy Adventure Playground (Cubbies), where she worked directly with children and teens from diverse communities.
In 2009, Rebecca facilitated capoeira workshops with young people in Uganda, East Africa. This experience inspired her to develop and coordinate the Cubbies Capoeira Project (CCP). Engaging African and other diverse communities for over four years, CCP provided over 300 hours of free capoeira training, excursions and performances, introducing the art form to hundreds of CaLD youths, their families and communities around metropolitan Melbourne. Rebecca has led CCP performances as part of the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s VIVA Victoria and the Buddha’s Day Multicultural Festivals at Federation Square, Multicultural Arts Victoria’s (MAV’s) Black Harmony Gathering, MAV’s Emerge festivals in Fitzroy and Ararat and the Fitzroy Markets.
Rebecca is now completing her PhD researching the subcultures of capoeira and West African dance in Australia.
Shane has represented many dance companies in Melbourne, teaching and performing at a variety of events, from schools to weddings. In 2010 Shane travelled around Victoria as a performer with Silvers Circus, but has decided to settle in Melbourne to focus on his teaching career and to work more with his dance crew. Shane has also trained in Hip-Hop, Locking and Popping, Latin dance, Acrobatics and Martial Arts, but his main love is still Breaking. One of Shane’s greatest passions is teaching kids and spreading his own passion to others. His goal as a dancer is to travel the world and help his crew make a name for themselves outside of Australia.
Anna teaches a range of dance styles for FunFit, particularly hip-hop dance and creative dance.